Press Releases: Events
20th Annual Peace around the World: Free Family Holiday Celebration Rings in the Season at Penn Museum Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm “Peace begins with a smile.” — Mother Teresa PHILADELPHIA 2015—Smile and get into the holiday spirit of peace at the Penn Museum! Create a new tradition of gathering family and friends in the international galleries during the free 20th Annual Peace around the World holiday celebration Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Guests receive Museum “passports” with “itineraries” to visit various nations, their cultures, and festive holiday traditions such as Diwali and Kwanzaa with the help of international presenters stationed throughout the galleries. The all-ages afternoon also features storytelling, choral music, folk dance performances, henna hand art, balloon art, face painting, sari-wrapping, and more. Visitors are invited to join in a peace flag community craft to be hung in the museum to illustrate a spirit of unity. Special “Celebrations around the World” gallery tours and free cupcakes for children round out this special day!
Saturday October 31, 11 am to 4 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015— This Halloween, Penn Museum, in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, invites guests of all ages to a celebration enjoyed in Mexico, and increasingly in places throughout the world: Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. With more than a few ghoulish skeletons and macabre decorations, this annual event brings family and friends together to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. Far from a morose affair, Day of the Dead is a celebration, rich in traditions and connections—it is at heart a celebration of life.
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So You Wanna Be an Archaeologist? Penn Museum Marks International Archaeology Day with Behind-the-Scenes Lab Tours, Talks on Current Research, and Mummification Workshops Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015 -A special day of archaeological site simulations, behind-the-scenes tours, a 3-D printing demonstration, plus Q&A sessions with researchers and conservators, awaits at the Penn Museum on Saturday, October 17, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, in celebration of International Archaeology Day. The family-friendly program, So You Wanna Be an Archaeologist? , highlights the training and technology used by archaeologists, presented against a backdrop of mummies, ancient skeletons, clay tablets, and other artifacts from the museum's renowned collection.
Philadelphia, PA—Amazonian warrior women, Genghis Khan, even King Midas and his golden touch—all have their moment in the spotlight with the Penn Museum's popular Great Myths and Legends evening lecture series, featuring leading scholars from the Penn Museum, the University of Pennsylvania, and beyond.
Penn Museum's Second Sunday Culture Film Series Explores Gender Across Cultures PHILADELPHIA, PA 2015—Gender identities and issues in cultures around the world are explored in the Penn Museum's fall through spring documentary film series, Second Sunday Culture Films, co-sponsored by the 2015-2016 Penn Humanities Forum on Sex. The monthly series, October through March, takes audiences to Bulgaria, Hawaii, India, Mexico, and Nicaragua, presenting individual journeys of identity against a backdrop of differing cultural expectations and norms. Each film is introduced by faculty from the University of Pennsylvania and other universities, and followed by open discussion. All programs, free with Museum admission donation, begin at 2:00 pm in the Museum's Rainey Auditorium. The Second Sunday Culture Film Series is also made possible with additional support from the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Trustees' Council of Penn Women, Penn Cinema Studies, and the William Way LGBT Community Center. The series begins October 11:
Woven Words: Native Scholars Illuminate Wampum Histories and Traditions at Penn Symposium on October 1 and 2
PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2015—“Wampum belts,” in the American imagination, are often regarded as objects of history and mystery. Many people think of wampum as “money,” a stereotype that harkens back to the early 1600s, when Dutch and English colonists used wampum beads as a convenient substitute for European currency. During the late 1800s, antiquarian collectors handled wampum belts as though they were artistic relics.
The Penn Museum Joins in the Association of Art Museum Directors'Sixth Annual Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 19, 2015With Free Admission and Special Programming Philadelphia, PA, MAY 2015—On Tuesday, May 19, the Penn Museum offers a day of free admission and special programming for adults and families, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Monday, May 18, 2015. Last year, the Penn Museum—along with 180 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in Art Museum Day.
Relâche Concludes "Music for the Mystery of Silents" Concert and Silent Film Series With a French Focus Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA April 2015—"Music for the Mystery of Silents," the Relache New Music Ensemble Sunday afternoon series at the Penn Museum, takes a decidedly French twist on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 pm, with the final program of the fall to spring three concert series: "Les Mystères Français." The program, presented in the Penn Museum's Widener Hall, features the classic 1912 French silent film The Mystery of the Rocks of Kador, directed by Léonce Perret with musical score by Régis Huby, as well as two musical improvisations from last summer's "Sounding Cézanne" project for the Barnes Foundation. Bookending the program are two works by veteran Philadelphia composer Paul A. Epstein: A Song to Sing in D, a premiere, and to conclude, a brief, lively work, Fancy Flight.
Egyptomania! Takes Over the Penn MuseumSaturday, March 21, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PHILADELPHIA, PA—From mummification workshops to hieroglyph classes, tours, games, and presentations by curators and archaeologists, to a traditional drum circle and Egyptian folk dances, the Penn Museum puts the spotlight on one of the world's oldest civilizations with Egyptomania!, a day-long celebration Saturday, March 21, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The family-friendly day, set throughout the Museum's world-renowned ancient Egyptian galleries, showcases 5,000 years of ancient Egyptian culture—a culture that continues to fascinate researchers, travelers, writers, filmmakers, and the general public. The celebration is free with Museum admission donation ($15, general admission; $13, seniors [65+]; $10, children [6-17] and full-time students [with ID]; $2 ACCESS Card holders; free to children under 5, members, active U.S. Military, STAMP and PennCard holders).